Kendall Comish

Kendall Comish

Degree Program: PhD

Advisor: John M. Giggie

Research Areas

  • United States History
  • Gender and Women’s History
  • Southern History



  • MA, Mississippi State University, 2022
  • BA, Mississippi State University, 2019

Research Interests

  • Modern American History
  • The History of the Cold War
  • Southern LGBTQ+ History
  • The History of the AIDS Epidemic

Current Projects

  • My current research project focuses on AIDS boarding houses in Mississippi and the roles these houses played by serving the gay community. I also analyze the backlash and arguments against AIDS boarding houses. In this research I am drawing from the history of sexuality, environmentalism, urban studies, and the history of medicine to better understand community-maintained AIDS boarding houses.

Awards & Honors

  • Third Place, Oral Presentations in the Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business Section, Fall Graduate Research Symposium for “Fighting AIDS Patients: How NIMBY-ism/ Urban Revanchism was Used to Fight Against a Mississippi AIDS Boarding House,” Mississippi State University, 2021
  • James W. Garner History Scholarship, Mississippi State University, 2020